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Senate bill would require library in every Nevada school

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:14:50 +0000

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“Every school in Nevada would be required to establish and maintain a library — with a dedicated librarian — under a proposal presented to the Senate education committee.Sen. Becky Harris, R-Las Vegas, introduced Senate Bill 143 Thursday, which also mandates a librarian on staff because “a collection of books is not enough,” she said.In Clark […]

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Jeffco library scrubs tweets after getting complaints that posts are politically biased

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:42:31 +0000

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“The head of the Jefferson County Public Library this month deleted a series of tweets from the library’s Twitter account after a county commissioner complained they were politically biased. That has people in the county talking about the role of libraries as repositories of free expression and the unfettered exchange of ideas — and whether […]

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UB librarians discuss how fake news creates a cycle of misinformation

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:29:58 +0000

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“When Cynthia Tysick sees a news story on social media, she diligently fact-checks it on Snopes and PolitiFact.“I’ve suddenly become the fact-checking guru on my Facebook feed,” Tysick, head of UB Educational Services said. “People are not happy with me, but it’s a service I bring.”Tysick and her colleagues in UB Libraries feel students should […]

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What Students Can Learn By Writing For Wikipedia

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:48:11 +0000

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“Fake news has been, well, in the news a lot lately. But for the world’s largest crowdsourced encyclopedia, it’s nothing new.”Wikipedia has been dealing with fake news since it started 16 years ago,” notes LiAnna Davis, deputy director of the Wiki Education Foundation.To combat misinformation, Wikipedia has developed a robust corps of volunteer editors. Anyone […]

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Black History Month: Librarian of Congress on her Trailblazing Role

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:38:17 +0000

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“The first African-American and first woman to hold the position of librarian of Congress says she is partly in her role thanks to the inspiration of Frederick Douglass. Carla Hayden, who was sworn in last year, discusses with Roll Call the significance of Black History Month, her own place in it and how African-American culture […]

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Open Access policy adopted by IU Bloomington faculty

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:30:54 +0000

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“We are happy to write that the Bloomington Faculty Council unanimously approved an Open Access policy this afternoon that ensures that faculty scholarship will be accessible and available to the public for future generations. Open Access means that scholarly articles are regarded as the fruits of research that authors give to the world for the sake of […]

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Expect Toronto’s newest library bus to be packed with technology as well as books

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:05:30 +0000

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“The Toronto Public Library is putting the finishing touches on its newest asset — a technology-filled branch on wheels. The city’s Library Board will be updated on Tuesday about the state of a new bookmobile that will be hitting the streets later this year.   “The bookmobile provides service to some of the city’s most vulnerable and […]

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Cologne library opens its doors to refugees: ‘You fill this room with life’

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:15:44 +0000

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“While a flurry of snow threatens to fall outside at any moment, Sanaw, a 30-year-old Kurdish Christian from western Iran, is proudly describing his involvement in a nativity play over Christmas. He holds court at a table of eight fellow refugees, explaining in coherent German how the local theatre group, of which he has only […]

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Art Exhibit Doubles As Used Book Store For Spanish Speakers

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:21:32 +0000

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“A traveling Spanish bookstore has opened in Boston, its eighth and last stop. The creator says the art installation responds to the disappearance of bookstores, and the “invisibility” of Spanish.” (via NPR)

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Internet Archive files amicus brief in support of fair use and innovation in libraries

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:01:05 +0000

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“Today marks the beginning of Fair Use Week, which celebrates the importance of fair use for libraries, students, teachers, journalists, creators, and the public. Last week, the Internet Archive joined the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries on a friend of the court brief in […]

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Museums and libraries fight ‘alternative facts’ with a #DayofFacts

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:32:57 +0000

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“First the National Parks went rogue, sharing climate change data on Twitter. Now museums and libraries have taken up arms — or at least typing fingers — to fight on behalf of facts. Using the hashtag #DayofFacts, more than 280 scientific and cultural institutions are devoting Friday to dropping 140-character truths on Twitter. Many of the facts […]

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Authors And Illustrators Of Color Accounted For 22 Percent Of Children’s Books

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:59:14 +0000

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“Two decades ago only about 9 percent of children’s books published in the U.S. were about people of color. Things have changed since then, but not by much.On Wednesday, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Education School revealed that in 2016, it counted 427 books written or illustrated by people of color, […]

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Columbia library to revise gun signage after threat of lawsuit

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:29:17 +0000

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“The Daniel Boone Regional Library board of trustees said Thursday night it would amend existing signs outside the library, which ban patrons from bringing firearms inside.Earlier in the day, an attorney representing Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch, R-Hallsville, said she would sue the library if it did not change the signs to acknowledge Missouri’s new concealed […]

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Kansas City Public Library has team dedicated to helping immigrants become citizens

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:03:55 +0000

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“The Kansas City Public Library has a unique approach to helping those who are new to the city. Its Refugee and Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) program is one of the only library teams in the country solely focused on the goal of connecting immigrants to resources, like prepping for the citizenship test. The library’s […]

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Why university libraries must be transformed to survive in digital age

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:00:15 +0000

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“Simeon Ananou, vice president for IT services and CIO at the State University of New York at Albany, has a vision for transforming university libraries in the digital age.Ananou’s imperative is that libraries must evolve from “book warehouses” — largely passive repositories of physical objects — to “information commons,” the locus for an array of […]

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Internet Archive Offers to Host PACER Data

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:41:24 +0000

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“On Tuesday, February 14, the U.S. Congress will hold the first hearings in over a decade examining the operation of the PACER system. The hearing will be before the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives. The Internet Archive was pleased to accept the committee’s […]

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Publishers Still Fighting to Bury Universities, Libraries in Fees for Making Fair Use of Academic Excerpts

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:34:43 +0000

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“On behalf of three national library associations, EFF today urged a federal appeals court for the second time to protect librarians’ and students’ rights to make fair use of excerpts from academic books and research.” (via Electronic Frontier Foundation)

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Move Over, Wikipedia. Dictionaries Are Hot Again

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:44:32 +0000

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“In the hours after Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, was silenced by her Republican colleagues for “impugning” a fellow senator by reading aloud a letter Coretta Scott King had written that was critical of Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama (later confirmed as attorney general), thousands of Americans did what they always do: They tapped […]

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS STORE REMOVES MISSPELLED TRUMP POSTER

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:11:51 +0000

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“A poster of President Donald Trump that included a misspelling in a quote has been removed from the online store of the Library of Congress. The poster includes Trump’s quote, “No dream is too big, no challenge is to great. Nothing we want for the future is beyond our reach.” ”To” is misspelled in the […]

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Signs posted, but law not clear on guns in libraries

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:57:01 +0000

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“Several of the legislators at a forum last week at the Daniel Boone Regional Library recited their support of Second Amendment gun rights. Among them were state Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, who described himself as a “huge Second Amendment supporter,” and state Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, who said both he and his wife hunt. Another […]

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Working: How does librarian Laurie Allen work?

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:06:47 +0000

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“For our latest episode, we spoke to Laurie Allen, a librarian at the University of Pennsylvania. The profession was a calling for her, she says, partly because when she was young she thought of it as “a way that really brilliant people could bring me their ideas and I could learn just enough about them […]

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Dallas Library Embraces Role As Haven For The Homeless

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:00:57 +0000

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“In a lot of cities, homeless people use libraries as places to rest, especially when the weather’s bad. The Dallas Public Library system has chosen to embrace this role. Courtney Collins of member station KERA reports, librarians aren’t just tolerating; they’re welcoming the homeless.” (via NPR)

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Homestead’s ‘cybrary’ will be part library, part entertainment, part tech lab

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:51:11 +0000

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“Virtual reality simulations, talking robots and a magic school bus — this is what happens when a theme park company designs a library.Landmark Entertainment Group — the company responsible for the Spider-Man and Jurassic Park rides at Universal Orlando and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas — has partnered with the city of Homestead to create […]

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Toronto Public Library shedding light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:53:38 +0000

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“Two white lamps that look like props from a sci-fi film sit in the common area of the Brentwood Library. But they’re anything but common or the stuff of science fiction.They’re light therapy lamps, designed to mimic the sun and treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that some people experience during the […]

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A Public Library That’s Nicer Than The Fanciest Tech Offices

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:51:05 +0000

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“Libraries are like the Madonnas of the architectural world—changing, evolving, and morphing with the times. Now they’re in the midst of a technological reinvention. And as they shed their physical media and go digital, libraries’ most significant contribution to a community is often not as a repository of books—but a beacon that draws people together. […]

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